Turkish army says 20 Kurdish militants killed in air strikes in southeast, Iraq’s north

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A total of 20 members of Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) were killed on Tuesday as a result of airstrikes carried out by the Turkish Air Force in eastern Turkey and northern Iraq, Turkey’s General Staff said in a statement obtained by Sputnik.

“During an air operation in Gevash district in [Turkey’s] Van province on June 13, four members of the PKK separatist terrorist organization were killed. Another air operation was also carried out today in Hakurk district in northern Iraq, where five terrorists were killed, and eleven terrorists were killed in northern Iraq’s Zap district,” the statement said.

According to the General Staff, a PKK ammunition depot and a rocket launcher were destroyed during the airstrikes.

A ceasefire between the Turkish state and the PKK broke down in July 2015 in the aftermath of the Suruc attack that killed 32 Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF) members in an explosion carried out by a suicide bomber.

According to a statement last month by Defence Minister Fikri Isik, over 10,100 members of the PKK have been killed since 24 July 2015 when Ankara announced an official military operation against PKK.

The International Crisis Group, an NGO that that carries out field research on violent conflict, estimates that 1,257 PKK militants have been killed during the same period.

(Sputnik/Kom News)